chef matteo makes

Here he is again. The Husband. The Father. The Bread Winner. The Grocery Shopper and the Chef Matteo. Taking over andiamo on this lovely Tuesday. Cooking up a storm and taking names. 

Hi All - So Laurie asked me to write a cooking post and of course I wanted to.  I love cooking - it is just what I love to do other than insurance by day - HA.  So rather than do something easy I figured let's take Letty to the store and get something to go above and beyond.   I came to the conclusion that we were going to have way too much food and we needed more people.  Thank God the neighbors were not doing anything last night.

So yesterday we fed the kids early - Red Baron Pizza and the adults "kinda" had an adult night.  I made Stuffed Flank Steak with Roasted Potatoes and Lime for the adults.  Around 3:00 PM I started cooking - I know - the life of a work at home father/husband in the insurance industry.

Before we get into the cooking I had to run out last minute to the liqour store because of this.

I started by sauteing onions, sun dried tomatoes and garlic - allow to cool prior to stuffing the steak. 

Take the flank steak and cut it in half length wise - if you have a meat hammer - hammer that steak out.  After that, lay out the sauteed sun dried tomatoes, onions and garlic on top.  Make sure to salt and pepper.  After that roll the steak up around the stuffing.  This is usually where you just say it is done.  For the sake of the blog, I took it a step further and decided to wrap it in bacon and tie it all up - this adds some needed moisture (not to mention bacon fat) to the steak.  Ok I lie - I had cooking string and wanted to use it - I am a nerd.

After all of that - you pan sear the steak on EVERY side so the bacon is crispy and put in the oven until it is around 130 degrees.  Once it hits that magical temp - pull it, put it on a plate and wrap it in foil for 15 minutes.  Cut and serve.

Ok moving on - Laurie just said holy sh&# are you writing a novel.  On to the potatoes.  I found these potatoes on Pinterest and as one of my best friends "Stephanie Fitzgerald" said "I am putting lime on potatoes all the time now" - they are amazing.  All you do is peel potatoes and cut them in half.  Pour chicken broth on top of them (yes - I have an injector and shoot chicken broth into them - but you don't have to), sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper and top with butter. Roast them at 400 degrees until they are fork tender.  Pull them out of the oven and put on a serving plate.   Zest a lime over them, cut the lime in half and squeeze over them (in that order - always zest prior to squeezing - you will loose knuckles/finger prints if you do that in reverse).

Now "faux" cheese cake - I grew up with this.  Store bought graham cracker crust.  Mix cream cheese and 1 cup 10x sugar (my husband is dutchy and he means confectioner's sugar) until smooth with 1 tsp vanilla extract.  Add in one container of whipped cream - dump it into the pie crust and top with your favorite fruit.  BEWARE:  people standing by will want to eat it out of the bowl - get it in the crust while swatting people watching with the spatula and throw the bowl/spatula at the individuals standing by - Cough Letty/Laurie Cough (Daddy I eat that, now, yes, no?, Daddy how about now?  DADDY!!!????!!!).  

Isn't he just the cutest? The 'a' for andiamo? Sometimes I could just gag he's so sweet.